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Mindfulness for Rehabilitation Professionals - Cleveland, OH - April 6-7, 2019

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Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

An increasing body of medical research shows mindful awareness training can improve both physical and mental health measures in clinical populations. Rehabilitation professionals can train in mindful awareness and integrate mindful principles and practices into patient care to improve outcomes. In addition, healthcare providers who receive mindful awareness training show reductions in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment and an improved ability to listen and respond to patients effectively. This course provides you with an introduction to mindful awareness principles and practices and their practical application to patient care and self-care.


You will learn how stress impacts health and disease and the latest research on the role of mindfulness training in clinical populations. In this practice-intensive program, experiential exercises in mindful meditation, body scan, walking, movement and listening help you personally experience the power and benefits of mindfulness. You will practice applying mindful awareness to teaching patients breathing, body awareness and exercise and learn strategies to help patients self-regulate their reactions to unpleasant physical sensations, thoughts and emotions. You will return to your clinic with the ability to explain mindful awareness and its benefits to your patients and introduce mindfulness into your patient care. In addition, you will be able to begin your own mindfulness meditation practice and apply practical mindfulness skills to a busy work day and personal life to promote your own happiness and well-being.



This course addresses the topic of mindfulness for all specialties (and the generalist!) and is not limited to the pelvic rehab therapist.





What to bring:

Yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Define mindful awareness and identify 6 mindful attitudes

2. Describe 4 mindful awareness training activities

3. Discuss stress physiology and the role of chronic stress in pain and disease

4. Discuss research examining the role of mindfulness training in health, pain and disease

5. Practice mindful breathing, body scan, walking and movement

6. Introduce patients to the basic attitudes of mindful awareness

7. Integrate qualities of mindful awareness when instructing patients in body awareness, breathing, exercise and walking

8. Offer patients practical mindful practices to help them manage unpleasant physical sensations, thoughts and emotions

9. Apply mindful listening to patient and personal encounters

10. Begin a daily mindful meditation practice and have books, community and online resources to support your practice

11. Engage on-the-spot mindful practices to support your well-being and inner calm during a busy workday

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, course overview
8:30 Mindful awareness: Experiential exercise
8:50 Introduction to Mindfulness
9:20 Mindful breathing: Experiential exercise
9:55 The mindful break

10:00 Break
10:15 Stress response physiology
10:30 Stress, health and disease
11:15 Mindful body scan: Experiential exercise
11:45 Mindfulness: Proposed mechanisms
12:15 Q & A
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Mindfulness and clinical populations
1:45 Introducing mindfulness to a patient: Instructor role play
2:00 Explaining mindfulness and introducing mindful breathing to a patient: Lab
2:30 Walking meditation: Experiential Exercise
3:00 Break 

3:15 Mindful movement research
3:30 Mindful movement: Experiential exercise

4:15 Case studies

4:45 Practice reflection/mindful listening exercise

5:15 Questions and answers

5:25 Mindfulness and your evening

5:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Review of day 1, Q&A

8:15 Mindful movement, body scan, sitting meditation: Experiential exercise
9:15 Introducing the mindful body scan to a patient: Lab
9:45 Managing challenges patients have with mindfulness

10:00 Break
10:15 The mindful healthcare provider: Lecture and experiential exercise
11:30 Mindfulness of pleasant and unpleasant: Lecture and experiential exercise

12:00 Heart Rate Variability
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Introducing mindful movement to a patient: Lab
2:00 Kindness meditation: Lecture and experiential exercise

2:40 Case Studies
3:00 Break

3:15 Practice reflection/mindful listening exercise

4:00 Adjourn

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

University Hospitals

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
Recommended Lodging

Courtyard Marriott

2021 Cornell Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
Nearest Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Airport Code: CLE

5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA

Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA

Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher and professional trainer. She is an international leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare and the practice of mindfulness to promote provider well-being. Carolyn is President of the American Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Section Pain Management Special Interest Group. She holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University.

Since 1985 she has integrated mindfulness principles and practices into the care of patients with chronic conditions. In 1998, she joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she established their popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for people with persistent pain and stress-related illness. She has over 30 years of experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation and has completed an advanced MBSR Teacher Training Program offered at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.

In 2009, Carolyn was invited by David Kearney, MD to develop and conduct a pilot study examining the role of a 12-week course in Kindness Meditation for veterans with PTSD at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle. She continues to serve on Dr. Kearney’s research team, providing MBSR and Kindness Meditation courses in research exploring the effects of these practices in veterans with a wide range of health concerns, including chronic pain.

Carolyn is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, including APTA’s NEXT and Combined Sections Conferences. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Learn more about Carolyn at her website: carolynmcmanus.com.

Carolyn's website is carolynmcmanus.com

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2019. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2019 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".